Mountain House?

woodruffhunter

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What’s your thoughts on Mountain House? Many people like them and there are others who like other brands. I’d really like to see your recommendations on Mountain House or other brands you’ve used. I am about to try a few but there are a lot of different choices.

I am getting ready to buy 10 days of meals for me and my 2 sons. I could certainly use some direction. Thanks!
 

SS!

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A tip that shouldn’t have to be said but does is FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. Make sure your cooking pot has the correct marks for cups. Add in exactly the amount of water the instructions say and let it sit at least however long it says.

I took a mm member on a 15 day hunt and he had no experience with mt house and didn’t follow the instructions. I noticed he didn’t finish his meals the first 5 days. He was wearing down fast from not eating enough calories each day. He finally said he couldn’t stomach them. Well he wasn’t putting enough water in the meals or letting them rehydrate long enough. Once he started doing that he was good to go. Changed the hunt for him.
 

BroadHead

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Can't go wrong with Mountain House. I like all of them. They've been in the freeze dried food game for a very long time.

Backpacker's Pantry is another option if you want to try more 'exotic' flavors. They have flavors like curry, masala, pad thai, cuban coconut black beans and rice, etc.

And for yet another option, if you're a Costco member, a 32-pack of OMEAL freeze fried pouches is on sale now. I have no experience with OMEAL but Costco typically sells quality items and they're discounted now so I figure I'd pass along the info. They're highly rated on Amazon
 

Zeke

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A tip that shouldn’t have to be said but does is FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. Make sure your cooking pot has the correct marks for cups. Add in exactly the amount of water the instructions say and let it sit at least however long it says.

I took a mm member on a 15 day hunt and he had no experience with mt house and didn’t follow the instructions. I noticed he didn’t finish his meals the first 5 days. He was wearing down fast from not eating enough calories each day. He finally said he couldn’t stomach them. Well he wasn’t putting enough water in the meals or letting them rehydrate long enough. Once he started doing that he was good to go. Changed the hunt for him.
I've eaten a ton of Mtn House while hunting sheep over the years.
I like them but after a week, they all taste the same and I look upon them as fuel only but totally necessary.

For my taste, I like a little EXTRA boiling water in them, and let them sit the WHOLE time as per directions, but again, that's maybe just me.

Zeke
 

elkhunterUT

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Some of the Mtn House meals wreak some serious havoc on my intestines :oops: , but I don't mind some of them. Peak Refuel meals taste MUCH better to me and are a step above in my opinion.
 

Soj51hopeful

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My favorite mountain house is a tie between beef stroganoff and turkey tetrazzini. For some reason It can be hard to find the turkey tetrazzini and you don’t hear about it much, but it is really good.
 

woodruffhunter

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Wow, did not expect this many great replies. I appreciate it.

I’m getting my food put together early as I want to make sure my pack is put together well. I’ll definitely get the Mountain House and the Peak.

Thanks again!
 
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MountainSqwabler

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Wow, did expect this many great replies. I appreciate it.

I’m getting my food put together early as I want to make sure my pack is put together well. I’ll definitely get the Mountain House and the Peak.

Thanks again!
Another great food that people really over look is just bags of Jerky. Jerky has some goodies in it for energy and such while out in the mountains.
 

SS!

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My favorite mountain house is a tie between beef stroganoff and turkey tetrazzini. For some reason It can be hard to find the turkey tetrazzini and you don’t hear about it much, but it is really good.
Turkey tetrazzini is awesome but I think they stopped making it?
 

JBunn

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Next Mile Meals and Peak Refuel are our go-to’s.

I take half a next mile meal and half a bag of Idahoan instant potatoes and mix them together. Cuts the per meal cost and keeps the calories up.

Peak Refuel biscuits and gravy is pretty darn good. Break up the biscuits before adding the water though.

I too like to use extra water. About an 1/8c of extra water for cooking/rehydrating.
 

HntHrdr

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Cant go wrong with Mt house or Peak refuel.

Some of my favorite mt house meals:

Pasta primavera
Lasagna
Chicken with rice
Chili mac
Granola with blueberries is killer for breakfast

Peak refuel:
Chicken dishes are good
Buffalo mashed potatoes is legit
+1 hands down the two best dehydrated food companies that are easy to get, sometimes Costco has a deal on mt house packs
 

hunt30

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When I’m not in a rush, I like to add about 2/3 of the water, let it sit the recommended time, then add the remaining 1/3 of boiling water and give it an extra 5 minutes. I also have yet to eat a meal from either MH or Peak that I would consider inedible, although some are not my favorites.

Some of my favorite Mountain House are:
-lasagna
-chili mac
-Italian pepper steak
-biscuits and gravy
-breakfast skillet
-southwest breakfast hash

Some of my favorite Peak Refuel are:
-chicken alfredo
-chicken pesto
-beef stroganoff
-coconut curry
-strawberry granola
 

BLooDTRaCKeR

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A tip that shouldn’t have to be said but does is FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. Make sure your cooking pot has the correct marks for cups. Add in exactly the amount of water the instructions say and let it sit at least however long it says.

I took a mm member on a 15 day hunt and he had no experience with mt house and didn’t follow the instructions. I noticed he didn’t finish his meals the first 5 days. He was wearing down fast from not eating enough calories each day. He finally said he couldn’t stomach them. Well he wasn’t putting enough water in the meals or letting them rehydrate long enough. Once he started doing that he was good to go. Changed the hunt for him.
15 day 🤣🤣🤣
 

LIK2HNT

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Something else. My wife had these insulated bags for microwaving potatoes like the ones pictured. She did not like them so I use them to keep the Mtn. Houses warm. Perfect size. Hard to find, but the baby red instant potatoes are good also.
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HIcountryman

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I like mntn house but keep it to every other day. Rotate with good old tuna or canned chicken and top Ramen or some other heady/ organic rice Ramen. Mtn house: Beef lasagna, breakfast skillet, biscuits and gravy are faves. Low sugar oatmeal with granola and dried fruit for breakfast most days. I love clif bars and granola and nuts for snacks. Don't think beef Jerky does my belly well in the backcountry. Hard to not eat too much and end up wishing I hadnt!
 

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